What it’s really like to cover the Yankees

This is my eighth season covering the Yankees for MLB.com, and I have been extremely blessed to experience some unforgettable things. I was there for the closing of the old Yankee Stadium, the opening of the new one, the end of the Joe Torre era and the beginning of the Joe Girardi one, a World Series championship, playoff games, All-Star Games… it’s been a terrific run so far. I’ve had the opportunity to meet interesting people and see many different places — this year, the Yankees’ trip to Milwaukee crossed off current stadium No. 30 for me.

I’m often told that I have the best job in the world, and it’s difficult for me to disagree. I certainly wouldn’t trade with anyone. That said, there are also parts of the job that people probably don’t think much about — maybe it’s the stresses of meeting deadline, going up against great competition, extra assignments, off-day stories, sweating out extra innings to make a flight, hearing that 4 a.m. wakeup call after your head hit the pillow at 1:48, or the horrifying realization that you live out of a suitcase for half the year. (I think about the movie ‘Up in the Air‘ a lot.)

The world has also changed in those eight years, thanks in large part to Twitter and other social media. When I started covering the Yanks in ’07, speed was still king, but in those days it was about getting a blog post up faster than your competition. It was a minute-to-minute world then; now it’s a second-to-second typing contest. When people talk about being in a 24/7 news cycle, I think that’s understating the case. Having a scoop at 3 p.m. and holding it for the next day’s paper? That must have happened in a different universe.

This is all a long way of introducing the fact that I’ll be meeting up with a few familiar faces on Thursday, June 26 to talk about all of it. I’ve been invited to participate in a panel discussion about “The Art and Science of Sports Journalism: Covering the New York Yankees” at the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Below, you’ll find a flyer with all of the important details. If you’re interested in covering professional sports or love talking about the Yankees, I’ll look forward to meeting you. And if you’re just a fan of refreshments, that’s cool too.

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8 Comments

Looks like Headley is now hurt. He has a back injury. He plans to play through it but that likely hurts his trade value and upcoming free agency. Aramis Ramirez time? Cliff Lee is coming back and Philly is prepared to eat a ton of his $50M in remaining salary.

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Hey go to bed before you have to get up!!

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bryan: Can we have a blog on the next series ? We haven’t had anything here since the Oriole’s series. Need to change it up. It’s been there too long and is starting to get very stale.

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Didn’t mean to confuse anyone! I’m not going anywhere (except to the Port Chester-Rye Brook library).

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Can you please ban yankmeister1 for his racist and attacking comments. Thanks Bryan again.

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Can you add a “report” button next to the posts, so we don’t have to email Bob every time we have these kind of out of the way comments?

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Hello, Bryan!

For I confess to have taken a shock when I read the beginning of the post thinking they were announcing his retirement or something similar. Thankfully not. Have I admire your work since it covers the Yankees for MLB.com.
I also write about the Yankees for Brazil on my MLBlog. I would love to attend the Panel Discussion. It would be really nice to meet some of the professionals that inspire me to write about the Yankees, and you are one of them. A pity I live in Brazil.
But one day, who knows …

Hugs from Brazil! I am regular reader of your blog here and of your articles on MLB.com.

PS: Sorry for my english. He is not very good.

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bryan: I thought you were getting fed up covering the Yankees and building up to a resignation or a retirement. Glad that isn’t so. Can’t get to the event but hope it goes well. Have enjoyed blogging on this site over the past several years.

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